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by Marina Abramoviç
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For Seven Easy Pieces Marina Abramovic reenacted five seminal performance works by her peers, dating from the 1960's and 70's, and two of her own, interpreting them as one would a musical score. The project confronted the fact that little documentation exists from this critical early period and one often has to rely upon testimony from witnesses or photographs that show only portions of any given performance. The seven works were performed for seven hours each, over the course of seven...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/abramovic_seven.html
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by Alvar Aalto
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Duration: 59min. Director: Ywe Jalander The Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is one of the great figures of modern architecture, ranked alongside Gropius, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. This film analyses Aalto’s uniquely successful resolution of the demands and possibilities created by new technology and construction materials with the need to make his buildings sympathetic both to their users and to their natural surroundings. His inventive use of timber in particular...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/aalto_technology.html
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by Vito Acconci
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"In this legendary sculpture/performance Acconci lay beneath a ramp built in the Sonnabend Gallery. Over the course of three weeks, he masturbated eight hours a day while murmuring things like, "You're pushing your cunt down on my mouth" or "You're ramming your cock down into my ass." Not only does the architectural intervention presage much of his subsequent work, but all of Acconci's fixations converge in this, the spiritual sphincter of his art. In Seedbed Acconci is...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_seedbed.html
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by Marina Abramoviç
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4 Performances by Marina Abramovic, 1975-1976 1.Art must be beautiful, Artist must be beautiful. 2.Freeing the voice 3.Freeing the memory 4.Freeing the body. Galerie Mike Steiner, Berlin, December, 1976. 54 min.
Source: http://ubu.com/film/abramovic_four.html
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by Vito Acconci
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The Red Tapes is a three-part epic that features the diary musings of a committed outsider: revolutionary, prisoner, artist. The series offers a fragmented mythic narrative and a poetic reassessment of the radical social and aesthetic aspirations of the previous decade. Acconci maps a "topography of the self," constructing scenes that suggest both the intimate video space of close-up and the panoramic landscape of film space. The production of The Red Tapes involved painters and...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_red1.html
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by Vito Acconci
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Duration: 21 minutes Pryings is a video recording of a performance by Vito Acconci in public with Kathy Dillon at a New York university. The artist shows a situation in which he is trying by force to open the eyes of the woman who stubbornly persists in keeping them closed. The camera follows the action of the couple by focusing on the chests of two of the protagonists. He pulls at her eyelids while she keeps her eyes shut tight. She tilts her head forwards and backwards, but he takes it in his...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_pryings.html
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by Vito Acconci
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1973-74, 91:30 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film on video In this feature-length silent film, Acconci uses hand-written title cards to present an "interior monologue" about speaking, language, and silence. The written text alternates with images of Acconci, alone in the interior of an urban loft or on a rooftop, with the skyline of downtown New York as a backdrop. This metaphorical landscape of isolation resonates in the text, in which Acconci directly addresses several different...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_word.html
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by Vito Acconci
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33 minutes, 1973 The dynamic tension between 'I and you,' artist and viewer, is perhaps most brilliantly realised in 'Theme Song', a pivotal work. Here he uses the close-up to extraordinary effect, constructing a charged confrontation with the viewer. Acconci is 'face to face,' his head looming onto the screen. With a disquieting intimacy, he shifts between vulnerability and manipulation, candour and seduction, in a pop song driven 'come-on' to the viewer. While Acconci's monologues often refer...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_theme.html
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by Vito Acconci
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22'50", 1971 "Pointing at my own image on the video monitor: my attempt is to keep my finger constantly in the center of the screenÑI keep narrowing my focus into my finger. The result [the TV image] turns the activity around: a pointing away from myself, at an outside viewer." -- Vito Acconci, "Body as Place-Moving in on Myself, Performing Myself," Avalanche 6 (Fall 1972) "By its very mise-en-scène, Centers typifies the structural characteristics of the video...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_centers.html
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by Marina Abramoviç
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Dangerous Games Laos, HD, color, 3 min. 34 sec. Original language of the song: Lao In a small house with oversized furniture, located in a rice field in Asia, some children wearing army clothes and weapons, start playing war, creating between each other two armies and using children's toys, laser weapons, machine guns and helicopters. Slowly, as the game progresses, they start imitating war scenes as seen on TV, such as negotiations and death scenes. At the end of the film, the children are...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/abramovic_dangerous.html
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by Vito Acconci
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1974, 10:09 min, color, sound Acconci's open mouth is framed by the camera in an extreme close-up, bringing the viewer uncomfortably close. A desperate sense of strained urgency comes across as Acconci gasps, "I'll accept you, I won't shut down, I won't shut you out.... Im open to you, I'm open to everything.... This is not a trap, we can go inside, yes, come inside...." Acconci continues to plead in this way for the length of the tape, his mouth held unnaturally wide open. The...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_book.html
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by Vito Acconci
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1971, 62 min, b&w, sound This early performance tape is an example of what Acconci has termed his "quasi-ESP exercises," in which he explores mental concentration and intuition as a means of non-visual and non-verbal perception, interaction and communication. Blindfolded and wearing earplugs, Acconci and another man attempt to intuit and imitate each other's movements and bearing, though they can neither hear nor see. The goal, as Acconci has stated, "was to concentrate on...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_association.html
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by Vito Acconci
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Wonderful early interview with performance artist Vito Acconci from 1973 during the height of his importance as a performance artist (ie., before he began moving into sculpture and, eventually, architecture.) Video quality is poor - there's an interference line running though the picture for muc of this, but the expressions and the all-important audio are fine. Acconci is captivating as always. Lots of smoking and drinking in this informal session. A must for Acconci fans and those interested...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_sharp.html
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by Vito Acconci
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1974, 21:52 min, color, sound Turn-On is one of Acconci's most charged and dramatic exercises, a tense and dynamic confrontation with the viewer. The back of Acconci's head is seen in tight close-up. He hums to himself, first lyrically, then aggressively, violently. Suddenly he wheels around to face the camera, his face filling the screen in extreme close-up, squinting at the viewer and speaking breathlessly: "Now! I have to face you now. Reveal myself ... But you can't take it yet. I have...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_turn-on.html
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by Vito Acconci
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1971, 65:30 min, three parts, b&w, silent, Super 8 film on video In these three exercises, Acconci plays with trans-gender illusions, manipulating and altering his own body parts to suggest sexual transformations. For example, he burns the hair from his chest with a candle, then attempts to create the illusion of having female breasts. -- EAI ----------------------- This title is available for exhibitions, screenings, and institutional use through Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) , NY. Please...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_conversions.html
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by Vito Acconci
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1971, 62:11 min, b&w, sound A documentation of one of Acconci's most notorious performances, Claim Excerpts is a highly confrontational work, an exercise in self-induced, heightened behavioral states, and an aggressive psychological exploration of the artist/viewer relationship. During the three-hour performance, Acconci sat in the basement of 93 Grand Street in New York, blindfolded, armed with metal pipes and a crowbar. His image was seen on a video monitor in the upstairs gallery space....
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_claim.html
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by Vito Acconci
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In Two Track, Acconci experiments with direct and peripheral perception of information in the context of communication and interaction. He sits with a man and a woman in front of a microphone. The man and woman each read a different text (a Mickey Spillane novel and a Raymond Chandler novel) simultaneously; Acconci repeats everything the man says. Occasionally an off-screen voice interrupts to question Acconci on what the woman has read, and he tries to answer. -- Electronic Arts Intermix...
Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_two-track.html
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by Vito Acconci
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Source: http://ubu.com/film/acconci_undertone.html